OPENing UP new methods,indicators and tools for peer review, impact measurement and dissemination of research results - OpenUP

PPMI coordinated and led a team of 9 organisations from Austria, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands and Switzerland in a Horizon2020 funded project OpenUP (OPENing UP new methods, indicators and tools for peer review, impact measurement and dissemination of research results).

This project addressed key aspects and challenges of the currently transforming science landscape and aspired to come up with a cohesive framework for the review-disseminate-assess phases of the research life cycle that is fit to support and promote Open Science. Its main objectives were:

  • identify and determine ground-breaking mechanisms, processes and tools for peer-review for all types of research results (publications, data, software),
  • explore, identify and classify innovative dissemination mechanisms with an outreach aim towards businesses and industry, education, and society as a whole,
  • analyze a set of novel indicators that assess the impact of research results and correlate them of channels of dissemination.

OpenUP’s methodology involved several stages. The first year of the project was dedicated to primary research such as desk research, landscape scans, surveys of researchers across Europe, and interviews with stakeholders, regarding the three key project topics - peer review, research dissemination and alternative metrics. The second part of the project was dedicated to piloting activities and validation of initial findings. Seven pilots were implemented testing various aspects of the review-disseminate-assess cycle in scientific communities such as Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences, Life Sciences and Energy. OpenUP also organised a high-level expert workshop in Brussels and several validation workshops to bring all the relevant stakeholders together to discuss and provide feedback for OpenUP’s interim results.

Through analysis, consultation and a stakeholder engagement, OpenUP:

  • developed frameworks that define methods, roles and processes, benefits and opportunities for uptake of open peer review, innovative research dissemination and impact measurement methods;
  • built an interactive knowledge-base, the OpenUP Hub that hosts information, toolkits, guidelines and other resources on peer review, research dissemination and alternative metrics;
  • validated the proposed mechanisms through pilots involving researchers from four scientific communities- Life Sciences, Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities and Energy;
  • derived practical policy recommendations and actions to be used by EU, national and institutional policymakers, publishers, libraries, research funders, community-based initiatives and alternative metrics providers.

Project partners actively participated in various Open Science events and conferences presenting posters or organising workshops and disseminating the OpenUP objectives. Together with other three EU funded projects (OpenAIRE, FOSTER and OpenMinTeD), OpenUP organised Open Science Fair 2017, which included keynotes by experts from the area of Open Science, roundtable discussions, workshops, hands-on and training sessions. OpenUP also used the social media channels such as Twitter, Facebook, etc. to share news about the project and to open the discussion on important aspects of Open Science, Research and Innovation and gender in science. Through its activities, OpenUP presented opportunities for implementation of more transparent quality assurance processes and impact measurements that can be applied to all kinds of dissemination and communication processes.

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